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Equine Studies Minor

Division of Professional Studies

Add the equine studies minor to your degree at Bridgewater College. Combine it with a business administration or biology major or add depth to a pre-veterinary science course of study.

You’ll gain hands-on practice with a variety of horses at the BC stables, located on the eastern edge of the campus, and the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, located several miles southeast of campus and the home stable for the Bridgewater College Equestrian Program.

Consists of 21 credit hours. The following courses are required:

Preventative health maintenance facility management and basic sound business practices. Topics on horse selection sanitation routine veterinary practices nutrition and supplements equipment recognition and selection facilities design hoof care and furriery exercise physiology liability issues and insurance selection. Lecture and laboratory times required.

Unit(s): 4

Survey of history breeds characteristics colors disciplines health care facilities equipment anatomy reproduction nutrition management and careers in equine science and industry.

Unit(s): 3

History of the horse appreciation of the evolutionary development of the horse including mental and physical capabilities and the instincts which guide the horse to self-preservation.

Unit(s): 3

Practicum experience consistent with the career objectives of the student. One hundred hours of competency based work in an environment relevant to the students chosen discipline.

Unit(s): 2

Three additional courses chosen from:

Examination of basic business practices including business plan development record-keeping professional ethics liability insurance resource management evaluating and selecting staff competitive pricing identifying regional demographics advertising grant design and community development and building a client base.

Unit(s): 3
Explanation of theories involved in the development of the riding skills necessary to become successful riders in selected disciplines. Focus on hunter seat equitation but will also identify the differences in riding styles and techniques among disciplines. Identification of the common riding faults and how those faults affect the horses way of moving. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to common lameness and diseases of the horse. Differentiate between true emergencies and those situations which can be handled by the trained layperson working knowledge of health requirements for equines ability to design a plan for wellness and emphasis on effective communication with veterinary practitioners. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Demonstration of the relationship between the horses conformation and its function or performance including methods of evaluation confirmation in relation of usability performance requirements of various breeds and the methods of judging. Two lecture hours and two hours of practical application per week. Prerequisites EQU-111 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

This course is designed to enhance students understanding of global equine industry management training and breeding facilities. Students will have an opportunity to study and evaluate equine selection of breeding stock and young prospects internationally. This course will travel to a selection of international breeding facilities located in the UK and Europe. In addition the class will allow students to make equine industry contacts. The focus will be on comparison of international horses to American bred horses concentrating on breeding stock and training stock selection as well as how each of those practices are managed. Prerequisites ENG-110 EQU-111 and EQU-211 or permission of instructor General education experiential learning Estimated Extra Cost 4000

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the process and systems involved in judging hunters jumpers and hunter seat equitation including how to set up a judges card how to identify style strengths and error the symbols used to record a performance on the card and how to arrive at an order of award. Additionally exploration of the design and building of hunter and jumper courses with special emphasis on the suitability of the design to skill level of competitors and level of horses involved. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Selection of suitable hunterjumper prospects as well as teaching basic methods used in breaking horses selecting facilities equipment over fences gymnastics educating young or problem horses preparation for horse shows and the identification of necessary characteristics personality traits and abilities to become a successful trainer in the horse world of today. Requires a two-hour lecture and two hours of practical application per week. Prerequisites ES 185

Unit(s): 3

This minor is designed as an excellent adjunct for students studying business, biology or pre-veterinary medicine. In addition, students interested in pursuing further study and/or careers in various equine fields will benefit from the addition of this minor to their curriculum. Facilities used in support of the equine studies minor include the Bridgewater College stables located on the eastern edge of the campus and the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, located several miles southeast of campus and the home stable for the Bridgewater College Equestrian Program. A student pursuing the equine studies minor is required to take many classes to fulfill the minor off-site at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center (BCEC). It is the responsibility of the student to secure transportation to the BCEC.

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Holly A. Caldwell, Department Chair